We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems near South Bend, IN.

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Dr. Robert E. Clemency Jr. M.D.
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.25 stars (4 ratings)
53880 Carmichael Drive
South Bend, IN
 

Dr. Robert Clemency's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Clemency's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Clemency attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Replacement Arthroplasty, Fractures, Trauma

Dr. Christopher R. Balint D.O.
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.57 stars (7 ratings)
53880 Carmichael Drive
South Bend, IN
 

Dr. Christopher Balint is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balint include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Balint has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Howard John Halstead M.D.
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.75 stars (3 ratings)
100 Navarre; Suite 5500
South Bend, IN
 

Dr. H. Halstead is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Halstead takes Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Halstead performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adelbert J. Mencias M.D.
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 1.75 stars (3 ratings)
53880 Carmichael Drive
South Bend, IN
 

Dr. Adelbert Mencias is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mencias include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and hand problems. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty, Hand ... (Read more)

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What are Musculoskeletal Problems?

The musculoskeletal system refers collectively to the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. It is what gives our bodies structure and allows us to move and do things. Because this system encompasses so much of the body, musculoskeletal problems are extremely varied and can happen almost anywhere. There are musculoskeletal problems that affect only the joints, those that affect the bones, those that affect tendons and ligaments, and those that can happen in any area of the body but cause pain and numbness.

Joint problems include bursitis and arthritis. Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac cushion on the outside of a joint, causing symptoms including pain and swelling. Arthritis is the inflammation and damage of a joint due to wear and tear or disease. There are several treatments for arthritis, but if the damage progresses far enough, joint replacement may be necessary. In joint replacement, a metal or plastic implant is surgically placed within the joint to make movement easier.

Bone problems include scoliosis, fractures, and osteoporosis. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, making the normally straight spine look like a “C” or “S.” It is treated with braces or surgery. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and break easily. It’s most common in women, especially older women. Fully half of all women over 65 have osteoporosis. Fractures are any break in the bone. They can be a simple crack or a severe and complicated shatter. Osteoporosis causes fractures in people who have it, but other causes are trauma (such as a fall) or overuse.

Tendon and ligament problems most often result from injury or overuse. Two good examples are ligament tears and tendonitis. The most common ligament tear is the ACL tear in the knee. This ligament supports and stabilizes the knee and is most often torn during sports activities. Tendonitis happens when a tendon, which connects muscles and bones together, becomes irritated and inflamed. This happens most often in older patients who push their bodies too far, leading to pain and swelling. Treatment for both tendon and ligament problems usually includes rest, ice, and supporting the area to let it heal.

Pain and numbness problems can be caused by overuse, disease, an injury, or a compressed nerve. Lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are two of the most common conditions patients encounter. Lower back pain may be caused by sore muscles that have been overworked, or an injury to the disks separating the vertebrae in the spine. Lower back pain usually goes away on its own within a few days, but it may require medical treatment depending on the cause. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve at the base of the palm becomes trapped or pinched. Symptoms include tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the hand. Treatment involves rest and sometimes steroid injections.

Because the musculoskeletal system involves so much of the body, problems here can be incredibly varied in their type and severity. Some musculoskeletal problems will go away on their own or only require rest, while others may require medication, physical therapy, or even surgery.
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